Exploring Ethnohistory of Arunachal Pradesh

  • Tana ShowrenEmail author


This chapter approaches the historical understanding of preliterate communities with Nyishis of Arunachal Pradesh as a case study by applying both historical and anthropological sources and methods. While reconstructing the historical past of a community, the chapter reveals a process of interaction with other communities and explains the process of ‘othering’ and the emergence of new identity. The chapter is critical about the use of a particular disciplinary approach or source materials like oral tradition while reconstructing the history of preliterate communities and advocates for multidisciplinary approaches by combining archaeology, history, ethnology, ethnotoponymy, ethnopolity and social and cultural anthropology under one rubric. The insider and outsider debate though implicit; the chapter aims at attempting an objective frame of analysis within ethnohistorical perspective to reconstruct composite history of the nation even when a scholar studies one’s own community.


Composite history Oral tradition Multidisciplinary approach Ethnohistory Preliterate communities Source materials Phratry Matrimonial relations 


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  1. 1.Department of HistoryRajiv Gandhi UniversityDoimukh, Papum PareIndia

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